December 16, 2017
A miracle occurred in Kingaroy Street on Thursday night … it didn’t rain!
Kingaroy’s annual Christmas Carnival, which is always held on the second Thursday in December, has a well-deserved reputation for attracting storm clouds.
And after Murgon’s Christmas Fair was washed out a week before, the Kingaroy organisers knew anything was possible.
But a bright blue sky greeted earlybirds to the festival and the warm evening under the stars proved equally welcoming.
Santa Claus arrived on cue in a Kingaroy fire engine and was immediately swamped by young fans.
Many then took the opportunity to have their photo taken with him in the big red throne placed in the old Railway Station’s waiting area.
There was a busy program of activities nearby on the O’Neill Square stage, compered by Damian Corkett, from 10.71 4SB.
Youngsters from the Ally Walker Dance Academy performed a range of energetic dances choreographed to popular Christmas songs.
Young singer Riley Slatter then took over the microphone. Riley, who earlier this year was invited to participate in a workshop with the King’s Singers in London, shared more Christmas songs with the crowd.
He was followed by more well-known local performers: Two duos, MISfITZ (Rob and Clare Fitz-Herbert) and Tucker and Chop (Darren Schmidt and Glen Lumsden); and Kingaroy singer Erica Henderson.
The evening finished with performances by Jeff “Elvis” Hancox and Natalie Fenton.
Down in Kingaroy Street, Corky and Shaz from CROW-FM were keeping a running commentary going for the crowds; the Rotary Ham Wheel was spinning and QCWA volunteers were helping children to make Arrowroot biscuit snowmen (snowpeople?)
The showground rides in both Haly Street and Kingaroy Street were as popular as ever, with volunteers – including Mayor Keith Campbell and his wife Marion – selling tickets.
The Kingaroy Christmas Carnival was organised again by a small bunch of enthusiastic – if now exhausted – volunteers.
Committee president Craig Lucas told southburnett.com.au that more helpers would always be welcome to join the committee.